Ind. Pharmacy Issues

Thousands Sign on in Support of DIR Proposal

According to NCPA, nearly 3,500 pharmacists and over 150 pharmacy stakeholder organizations have supported a potential change in DIR fees in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed pricing rule for 2020. The proposed change would eliminate retroactive DIR fees and issue them at the point of sale. This move would save patients…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Lisa and Tony Gales

This month’s pharmacist spotlight features Currus members Drs. Lisa and Tony Gales. The Gales are the owners of Main Street Pharmacy in Coldwater, Kan. This is their story about how they came to be pharmacists and what motivated them to become independent pharmacy owners in a rural community.   What made you want to become…

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Everything Old is New Again?

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) CEO Douglas Hoey recently wrote an op-ed piece for Morning Consult on behalf of independent pharmacies. In the piece he gives a thoughtful reminder about some of the personalized services that independent pharmacies have been providing patients for years – despite mergers and mail order making headlines regarding their “new” services.…

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President Trump Legalizes Hemp with Farm Bill Signing

On Thursday, Dec. 20, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bill passed out of the House last week with a vote of 369-47 and passed the Senate on Tuesday with an 87-13 vote. Among its many agricultural measures, the bill removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act – effectively legalizing hemp…

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Pharmacist Spotlight: Marla Mooney

We spoke with one of our members, Marla Mooney, to get her thoughts on the path that led her to becoming an independent pharmacist. Marla works at Cardinal Pharmacy in Hoisington, KS. When did you realize that you wanted to become a pharmacist? I chose the pharmacy profession when I was a senior in high…

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Harvey Drug opens in Newton

Currus’ newest member celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Harvey Drug and Gifts is owned by Sandie and Adam Kueker, who also own Hesston Pharmacy & Gift in Hesston, KS. To read more about the opening, visit the news release by the Newton Kansan.   *Photo courtesy of Patricia…

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NCOIL Approves Model State PBM Regulation

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) approved model legislation for states looking to address unfair PBM practices. The model act, known as the Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure and Regulation Model Act, aims to address PBM regulation on the state level in a variety of ways. Kansas Rep. Willie Dove was…

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Changes to DIR Fees Featured in CMS’ Proposed Rule for 2020

On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed rule for 2020 titled Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses. The proposed rule supplements President Trump’s Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs that was released in May 2018…

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